Bell 206

The Bell 206 is a family of two-bladed, single- and twin-engined helicopters, manufactured by Bell Helicopter at its Mirabel, Quebec, plant. Originally developed as the Bell YOH-4 for the United States Army's Light Observation Helicopter program, it was not selected by the Army. Bell redesigned the airframe and successfully marketed the aircraft commercially as the five-place Bell 206A JetRanger. The new design was eventually selected by the Army as the OH-58 Kiowa. Bell also developed a seven-place LongRanger, which was later offered with a twin-engined option as the TwinRanger, while Tridair Helicopters offers a similar conversion of the LongRanger called the Gemini ST. The ICAO-assigned model designation "B06" is used on flight plans for the JetRanger and LongRanger, and the designation "B06T" is used for the twin-engined TwinRangers.

Bell 206 JetRanger/LongRanger
An LAPD Bell 206 JetRanger
Role Multipurpose utility helicopter
National origin United States/Canada
Manufacturer Bell Helicopter
First flight December 8, 1962 (206)[1]
January 10, 1966 (206A)[2]
Introduction 1967
Status In service
Produced 1962–2017[3]
Number built 7,300[4]
Developed from Bell YOH-4
Variants Bell OH-58 Kiowa
Developed into Bell 407